Former Herald editor, Tichaona Zindoga has revealed that the first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa constantly interfered with his job.
He described the experience as as uncomfortable, traumatic and bad.
Zindoga was dismissed under unclear circumstances 2019 after occupying the hottest media seat for just 10 months.
Speaking on SABC’s Media Monitors programme Sunday, Zindoga said he had little power to determine his paper’s layout as directives often came from “an attention seeking” First Lady Auxlilia Mnangagwa and some other meddlesome top government officials.
His predecessor, Joram Nyathi had been fired for failing to publish a story on President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the paper’s front page.
“Having knowledge that this is state media, as an editor or journalist, you have to know that the majority of your job is to support the government of the day.
“I know a lot of colleagues within the establishment who were closet supporters of the opposition, quite a majority of them but they would write stories that will all the same please the government because they want to feed themselves and their families.
“As editors too, we know that there are certain things that we might not agree with but had little choice in terms of determination as to whether that goes in or out.”